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Loosening of embargo may not have an immediate impact

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 Experts say the decision by the Obama administration to allow Cuba's private businesses to sell goods to the United States won't mean that Cuban products will start flowing here in large quantities.

   For one thing, nearly all Cuban exports are produced and shipped by state-controlled enterprises. And there's no indication Cuba's government is ready to loosen controls and allow private businesses to start trading with firms overseas.

   A list published by the U.S. State Department today said Americans will be allowed to import anything produced by Cuban entrepreneurs, with some exceptions. Those exceptions include food and agricultural products, alcohol and machinery.

   The imports would have to be produced by a Cuban operating in one of the dozens of categories of private business allowed by the Cuban government. Most of the categories are for services like car maintenance or watch repair, not potentially exportable goods.

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